Tom Yum Fried Rice ข้าวผัดต้มยำ - Episode 149

Tom Yum Fried Rice

Tom Yum Fried Rice is a very special recipe. Most Thai food lovers are probably familiar with the famous sour and spicy soup known as Tom Yum Goong, which literally translated into "Boiled Salad Shrimp". My Tom Yum Fried Rice recipe takes the classic Tom Yum Soup flavors and puts them into a fried rice dish. You can really get a sense that you're eating Tom Yum Goong soup, but in a rice format. I did use my own homemade Thai Chili Paste in this recipe as well. That video can be found right here, Episode 64.

A quick note on the tomatoes. I cut out the seeds and meaty middle part, since we don't want to use them in this recipe. The seeds and middle part adds too much moisture to the recipe and will make your fried rice soggy and mushy. Using just the lean meat on the outside of the tomato is enough. In Thai cuisine, most of the different versions of fried rice usually include tomato. Which might be different than the typical Chinese style fried rice that most people are familiar with.

Let me talk about the herb combo that I pounded in the pestle and mortar for a minute. Galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, are all hard textured herbs. While their flavors are great, they can be difficult to cook with because of how hard they are. Giving them a good pounding in the pestle and mortar will help break them down so that they are easy to use in your cooking, and easy to eat in the finished product. No need to pound them so much that they turn into a paste, but you will still need to give them a pretty good pounding to break them up into small pieces so they are not hard when you eat them. A good pounding also releases their flavors much more than just dicing them with a knife. 

This recipe was a big hit in the house and everyone enjoyed it. I even made enough to have a little left overs the next day for my lunch. All and all this was a pretty nice recipe and I would encourage you to give it a try if you want a different take on fried rice. if you do end up making it, please take a picture and post it in the comments section below. 

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Serving Info

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 people

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Ingredients

3 cups cooked jasmine rice
14 large shrimps
4 slices galangal
3 stalks lemongrass
4 kaffir lime leaves
2 red chili peppers
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (seeds removed)
2 tablespoons chili paste
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cooking oil

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